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Showing posts with label cartoon. Show all posts

Create a Movie to Introduce Yourself

An important part of getting to know people is being able to introduce yourself and tell people a little about yourself. Today's activity will help you to do this by creating an animated movie using simple text to speech technology. All you have to do is create your text and decide how you want your movie to look.

Here's an example from Stermy.

If you think this is really difficult or will take a long time, then don't worry. It only takes minutes to create a movie like this using Xtranormal . This video shows you how to create your movie.

As you can see from the movie, you don't need to say the text yourself, you just type it in and the character will say the text for you. Okay, now it's your turn.

  • Think about the things you would like to say about yourself. Things you could include are:

    - A greeting
    - Who you are and where you are from (Warning: Never give addresses or phone numbers)
    - Where you live / your country (Cultural information etc.)
    - Your job
    - What you like to do
    - What sports, music, films you like etc.
    - What your dreams / ambitions are etc
  • Then go to: and click on 'Make Movies' and then select a single character to represent you (You can change the look of the character later)
  • Be patient while the interface loads. You can then select your background, add some music, design your character and start typing in your information.
  • Once you have finished click on 'IT'S A WRAP' and wait for your movie to be prepared for viewing.
  • If you want to save your movie you'll need to register on the site, but this is free. You can then download the movie, share it with your friends or embed it into your blog or website.
This is a great way to share personal information about yourself online in English, without having to show who you really are or worry about what you sound like. It's also great fun.

I hope you enjoy this activity and please post links to your introduction movies by clicking on comments below.

Come back tomorrow for more EFL ESL activities.

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Nik Peachey

Create an English Cartoon

Cartoons can be great fun to read, but creating your own can be even more fun and can help you develop your ability to understand dialogue.

DFilm is a great site that can help you to create cartoon scenes and send them to people as links in emails.
Here's a quick example film of two old friends meeting in the street and arranging an appointment.

The movie creator helps you to choose characters, add background music and insert the dialogue.

  • I want you to make a movie with at least two scenes.
  • I also want you to include these two characters.
Before you start the movie think about what the two characters might say to each other
  • When you have finished your movie, email it to yourself. The email will contain a link to your movie.
If you would like to share your movies with other students, then post a comment to the site and copy the link to your movie into the message. I'll post the ten best movies in a couple of weeks time.

Hope you enjoyed this activity. Find another EFL ESL activity here tomorrow.

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Nik Peachey